Microsoft Announces ‘World’s Fifth Most Powerful’ Supercomputer in Partnership With OpenAI

Ruben Fields
May 20, 2020

Build Microsoft has spun up a custom AI supercomputer in its Azure cloud for OpenAI that ranks within the top five publicly known most powerful supers on Earth, it is claimed.

"Healthcare organizations are increasingly comfortable pursuing cloud-enabled digital transformation initiatives, and Microsoft is capturing a large share of this emerging business", he said.

Other Build announcements include the debut of Azure Synapse Link, a cloud-native implementation of hybrid transactional analytical processing that Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and AI group, called a "game-changer".

The Teams Activity Feed API gives developers a new and simpler way to send app notifications to users across their devices.

Microsoft announced Tuesday a new cloud service designed specifically for healthcare, the first of many industry-specific cloud offerings.

As of now, it doesn't look like the text and voice chat are integrated with any of Microsoft's other communications tools like Teams, so at least for the time being, what happens in Live Share stays in Live Share. "We're using (this machine) to train these big, self-supervised, deep neural networks that we're using as platforms for language technologies and vision and speech technologies". The cloud also will allow hospitals to maintain data throughout an interaction with a patient, the company said.

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For example, a patient might first visit a health care organisation's patient portal website.

According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, Redmond's developers are working on rolling out multi-window meetings and calling next month for Windows and macOS clients, allowing users to "pop out meetings and calling into separate windows to help them optimize their workflow". The company says that templates for setting up teams are coming soon and will help eliminate the work of setting up a team from scratch. In this new interface, the admin will also validate and approve line-of-business applications and pre-install ISV or line-of-business apps for their users.

The cloud platform is underpinned by a focus on interoperability, security and compliance, Microsoft said.

Microsoft also said healthcare organizations can leverage a "robust partner ecosystem", including its partnerships with Accenture, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Allscripts, DXC Technology, KPMG and Nuance to co-develop new solutions.

Teams has seen a huge increase in user numbers since the COVID-19 pandemic has started, reaching 75 million daily active users (DAUs) on March 30, which represents a 70% increase since March 19 when Microsoft reported 44 million DAUs.

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